We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
Objects of My Affection | [Jill Smolinski]

Objects of My Affection

In the humorous, heartfelt new novel by the author of The Next Thing on My List, a personal organizer must somehow convince a reclusive artist to give up her hoarding ways and let go of the stuff she’s hung onto for decades.
Regular Price:$23.07
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

In the humorous, heartfelt new novel by the author of The Next Thing on My List, a personal organizer must somehow convince a reclusive artist to give up her hoarding ways and let go of the stuff she’s hung onto for decades.

Lucy Bloom is broke, has been dumped by her boyfriend, and had to sell her house to send her 19-year-old son to drug rehab. Although she’s lost it all, she’s determined to start over. So when she’s offered a high-paying gig helping clear the clutter from the home of reclusive and eccentric painter Marva Meier Rios, Lucy grabs it. Armed with the organizing expertise she gained while writing her book, Things Are Not People, and fueled by a burning desire to get her life back on track, Lucy rolls up her sleeves to take on the mess that fills every room of Marva’s huge home. Lucy soon learns that the real challenge may be taking on Marva, who seems to love the objects in her home too much to let go of any of them.

While trying to stay on course toward a strict deadline—and with an ex-boyfriend back in the picture, a new romance on the scene, and her son’s rehab not going as planned—Lucy discovers that Marva isn’t just hoarding: she is also hiding a big secret. The two form an unlikely bond, as each learns from the other that there are those things in life we keep and those we need to let go—but it’s not always easy to know the difference.

Laugh-out-loud humor, heartfelt writing, relatable characters, and a charming premise all come together to make Objects of My Affection the next read for the fans of Jennifer Weiner, Emily Giffin, and Allison Winn Scotch.

©2012 Jill Smolinski (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“A wonderfully written, heartfelt novel about what to keep and what to let go of as you move forward in your life.” (Claire Cook, best-selling author of Must Love Dogs)

“A hoarder and organizational expert clash in this light, amusing novel from Smolinski…A charmingly breezy tone marks this warm appraisal of our addiction to stuff.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“I loved this deeply felt, bravely honest tale of a professional organizer who discovers just how messy life and love can be, but that everything truly does have a place. A treasure of a novel.” (Melissa Senate, author of The Love Goddess’ Cooking School)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.8 (381 )
5 star
 (91)
4 star
 (173)
3 star
 (84)
2 star
 (19)
1 star
 (14)
Overall
3.9 (327 )
5 star
 (87)
4 star
 (138)
3 star
 (77)
2 star
 (16)
1 star
 (9)
Story
3.8 (323 )
5 star
 (102)
4 star
 (122)
3 star
 (52)
2 star
 (21)
1 star
 (26)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Jan 07-04-12
    Jan 07-04-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    253
    12
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Enjoyed the story, kept my attention"
    What did you love best about Objects of My Affection?

    Well written, the narrator suited the storyline well, enjoyable overall, and would read more by the same author.


    Have you listened to any of Xe Sands???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't but enjoyed the performance.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A little of both...


    Any additional comments?

    The character development was interesting,the story flowed easily, I got caught up in the story and didn't want to stop listening.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Martha Southern NH 08-07-12
    Martha Southern NH 08-07-12 Member Since 2010

    Martha

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Like the story line, BUT......"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have to say that it was difficult to stick with it due to the narration! I usually don't want my car trip to end because I don't want to stop listening to my book of the moment, but this one makes me glad to have a break from the annoying narration.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Xe Sands’s performances?

    Never!


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Queenie United States 02-27-14
    Queenie United States 02-27-14

    Esther Carr

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    80
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "...wish I could give it back..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    1. The narrator: childish voice not listening to what she's saying,
    2. The co-dependent (w/disorganized life) organizer,
    3. The unlikeable everybody else, no depth or reason to like them.


    Would you recommend Objects of My Affection to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. It's too boring.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She always seems to have wrong voice tone or inflection for the sentence she's reading & she can't do other's voices - they all sound alike - out of touch with the character of the sentence, maybe too busy reading to know what she's actually saying.


    Do you think Objects of My Affection needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not unless it's about more interesting & likeable people. Either way, I won't buy any more books by this author or read by this narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe I'm just not in the mood for more co-dependent people who enable druggies & let them ruin their lives & still can't stop shooting themselves in the foot. If the book description had been more informative I probably wouldn't have bought it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Rebecca Richmond Hill, GA, United States 02-04-13
    Rebecca Richmond Hill, GA, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    60
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    7
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Enjoyed the Story"

    I enjoyed the story very much; however, the narrator was awful. She talked in very hushed almost whispering/mumbling….it was not good at all. Every character sounded depressed even at times when it wasn’t appropriate. This may be a book that I buy in hardcover and read myself.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Cathy 12-24-12
    Cathy 12-24-12

    Mamakoz

    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    125
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A different narrator would have helped"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Primarily a different narrator. Xe Sands sounds like someone from a 1930's crime drama. Since this book was not, it was a total mismatch.
    While reading, I frequently wondered how good the book would have been with a different narrator. That's hard to say - This audio book is an example of just how important a narrator is to the success of the novel.
    The plot had potential that was never fully realized because of the lack of character development.


    Would you recommend Objects of My Affection to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend the book. There are so many books and so little time. I do not recommend a book unless it is truly outstanding. And many books are outstanding... just not this one.


    How could the performance have been better?

    If the narrator had not spoken like she'd smoked 3 packs a day for 20 years. If she hadn't tried to sound like she was whispering, or sultry , or sneaky. The whole performance was a complete mismatch for this story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Objects of My Affection?

    That is hard to say.
    However, I really did like the scene where the author allowed you to hear Lucy's thoughts during a 'romance' scene. Clever and well done.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 09-25-12
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    134
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    220
    215
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    7
    10
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "the narrator really ruined the book for me."
    What would have made Objects of My Affection better?

    a different narrator. i could not make myself read this book. i could not get thru the first 30 minutes.


    What could Jill Smolinski have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    used a different narrator as i never read this and i just have tried several times. when i have to force myself to try to read it, something is wrong with it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    by opening her mouth.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Objects of My Affection?

    n/a i did not read very far.


    Any additional comments?

    i know someone who has a problem with ocd and i wanted to read this. it is too bad i could not get myself to read this book. it mite have been good.

    i hate to rate the story but to write the review i can not go further until i rate the story even tho i could not read it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.